Many Clouds collapses and dies after beating Thistlecrack at Cheltenham
Many Clouds tragically collapsed and died after reducing the colors of Thistlecrack and profitable the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham.
Owned by Trevor Hemmings, Oliver Sherwood’s Grand Nationwide hero was profitable the race for a second time, having additionally claimed the recognised Gold Cup trial before his Aintree heroics in 2015.
Gold Cup favorite Thistlecrack made a number of leaping errors on his means round, however got here again on the bridle for Tom Scudamore leaping the final. The Colin Tizzard-trained King George winner went clear on the run in, however the gallant Many Clouds wouldn’t go away.
Having answered each name for jockey Leighton Aspell, the Eight-1 winner, who obtained dwelling by a head, collapsed after the successful put up, being handled instantly by veterinary employees earlier than his loss of life was confirmed.
Sherwood paid tribute to the “horse of a lifetime” afterwards, saying: “We’ve obtained to look ahead and never look again. I all the time stated he would die for you and he’s died for me and the staff right now doing what he does finest. He wished to win that race, he was crushed after which fought again within the final 50 yards to win. It’s unhappy for Trevor and my workforce at Rhonehurst, I’ve been within the recreation 32 years and horses like that don’t come alongside fairly often. You’ve obtained to get pleasure from it and it occurs to us all, all of us go at some point. We’ve obtained to be philosophical and have a good time the Hennessy and Nationwide wins and that was virtually a career-best efficiency. One factor I would like now’s for Thistlecrack to win the Gold Cup.
“It’s a tricky recreation and a terrific leveller – I really feel sorry for Leighton Aspell and everybody concerned with the horse. Leighton was the one one who’d schooled and ridden him in a race, however life goes on. The general public get to know the horses, particularly horses that strive for you, they appreciated what he had completed and he captured your creativeness, actually. It was fairly spine-chilling when it was introduced, there was an enormous clap and that almost completed me off. I had two giant vodka and tonics to loosen up me and I’ve not had a drink for 2 months. When Lisa [Kozak, travelling head girl] rang me to say he’d gone down, I used to be apprehensive. Time will inform if it was a coronary heart assault.”
Nathan Horrocks, who rides Many Clouds on the gallops, advised Racing UK: “It’s a shock, from shouting him house to 10 minutes later he’s not even with us. He’s a large loss for everyone, he’s of big significance to the yard but additionally to Lambourn and the game. He captured the nation, however that’s our sport – it makes us adore it and hate it. What was nice about him, and was additionally his downfall, was that he didn’t know when to give up.”
A sombre Tizzard mentioned: “We had been simply overwhelmed by the higher horse on the day, two unbelievable horses ran proper to the road. Poor outdated Many Clouds. My preliminary thought after we obtained beat was that I used to be upset but it surely’s as unhappy as may be, he was a beautiful horse and he beat us on the day. We ran our race, we’re not making any excuses – at the moment, on winter floor, we had been overwhelmed by a greater horse, no query. They’d a battle and it’s only a tragic finish to the race. That is what occurs in our sport often and also you’ve bought to withstand it.”